Botham Shem Jean was killed on September 6, 2018 in Dallas, TX by off-duty police officer Amber Guyger. She claimed to have mistaken his apartment for her own and thought Jean was a burglar. Guyger actually lived in the apartment below Jean, and his apartment had a bright red mat in front of his door, whereas hers had none.
There are many questions surrounding Jean’s death and much controversy, such as how the media seemed to create a smear campaign against the victim who was known to be of upstanding character. Guyger was initially charged with manslaughter but Dallas prosecutors are still investigating to determine if other charges should be filed. In the meantime, friends, family and others are left with only their feelings of devastation and memories of the man of God they knew and loved.
Botham Jean’s friend, Wesley Hargon posts his last video of Jean. It’s of Jean practicing a spoken word piece which is actually a call to action and prayer about God raising up believers not ashamed of the gospel, being light to this world, loving God and standing on God’s word with integrity no matter what.
He prays to the Lord to raise up believers who will worship Him and call upon His name; who give their hearts to God; who will be courageous warriors of the faith; and believers who will pray fervently. He starts his spoken word piece giving praises to God and by acknowledging his need for Jesus Christ.
His words within under two minutes of time are powerful. They are words that any of us as believers would want to proclaim as our last of words and messages before the church and world. He has left a legacy of faith as believers hope to do. He has fought a good fight. He has finished the race. He has kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7). Let his memory convict us all the more by the Holy Spirit to live in Christ as He has raised us up to do, and lead a life worthy of our calling that Jean passionately prays for us to receive. (Ephesians 4:1).
After watching his liveliness on video, reality set back in. I almost forgot Botham Jean is dead. It was like watching one of my very own friends preparing to minister. I’m grateful we are able to receive such a powerful message to share.
Below is the short video of Jean practicing his spoken word piece. If I had to give it a title, I would call it “Raise Them Up!”.